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Genesis 33:1-20

Jacob Meets Esau

1Jacob looked up and there was Esau, coming with his four hundred men; so he divided the children among Leah, Rachel and the two female servants. 2He put the female servants and their children in front, Leah and her children next, and Rachel and Joseph in the rear. 3He himself went on ahead and bowed down to the ground seven times as he approached his brother.

4But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept. 5Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. “Who are these with you?” he asked.

Jacob answered, “They are the children God has graciously given your servant.”

6Then the female servants and their children approached and bowed down. 7Next, Leah and her children came and bowed down. Last of all came Joseph and Rachel, and they too bowed down.

8Esau asked, “What’s the meaning of all these flocks and herds I met?”

“To find favor in your eyes, my lord,” he said.

9But Esau said, “I already have plenty, my brother. Keep what you have for yourself.”

10“No, please!” said Jacob. “If I have found favor in your eyes, accept this gift from me. For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have received me favorably. 11Please accept the present that was brought to you, for God has been gracious to me and I have all I need.” And because Jacob insisted, Esau accepted it.

12Then Esau said, “Let us be on our way; I’ll accompany you.”

13But Jacob said to him, “My lord knows that the children are tender and that I must care for the ewes and cows that are nursing their young. If they are driven hard just one day, all the animals will die. 14So let my lord go on ahead of his servant, while I move along slowly at the pace of the flocks and herds before me and the pace of the children, until I come to my lord in Seir.”

15Esau said, “Then let me leave some of my men with you.”

“But why do that?” Jacob asked. “Just let me find favor in the eyes of my lord.”

16So that day Esau started on his way back to Seir. 17Jacob, however, went to Sukkoth, where he built a place for himself and made shelters for his livestock. That is why the place is called Sukkoth.33:17 Sukkoth means shelters.

18After Jacob came from Paddan Aram,33:18 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia he arrived safely at the city of Shechem in Canaan and camped within sight of the city. 19For a hundred pieces of silver,33:19 Hebrew hundred kesitahs; a kesitah was a unit of money of unknown weight and value. he bought from the sons of Hamor, the father of Shechem, the plot of ground where he pitched his tent. 20There he set up an altar and called it El Elohe Israel.33:20 El Elohe Israel can mean El is the God of Israel or mighty is the God of Israel.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 33:1-20


1雅各遠遠看見以掃帶著四百人迎面而來,便把孩子們分別交給利亞拉結和兩個婢女, 2又吩咐兩個婢女和她們的孩子走在前面,利亞和她的孩子跟在後面,拉結約瑟走在最後。 3他自己則走在他們前面,接連俯伏下拜七次,直到他哥哥跟前。

4以掃見到雅各,就跑上去擁抱他,親吻他,二人抱頭痛哭。 5以掃看見跟在雅各後面的婦女和孩子,就問:「這些和你同行的是誰?」雅各說:「這些孩子是上帝施恩賜給你僕人的。」 6雅各的兩個婢女和她們的孩子上前下拜, 7利亞也和她的孩子上前下拜,最後約瑟拉結也上前向以掃下拜。

8以掃說:「我在路上遇見的那一群群牲畜是怎麼回事?」雅各回答說:「我帶來這些是要得到我主的恩待。」 9以掃說:「弟弟,我已經有很多了,你自己留著吧!」 10雅各說:「不,你若賞臉,就請收下!我見了你的面就像見了上帝的面,因為你這樣善侍我。 11請你收下我的禮物吧,因為上帝恩待了我,使我富足。」雅各再三懇求,以掃才收下。

12以掃說:「我們走吧!我陪你們走。」 13雅各卻說:「我主知道孩子們還小,而且,我還要照料正在哺乳的牛羊,如果整天趕路,牛羊會累死。 14倒不如請我主先走,我遷就牲畜和孩子慢慢走,我在西珥與我主會合。」

15以掃說:「讓我給你留幾個幫手吧。」雅各說:「不用了,能得到我主的恩待就夠了。」 16於是,以掃在當天先回西珥去了, 17雅各卻去了疏割,在那裡為自己建造房屋,為牲畜搭起棚子。因此那地方叫疏割33·17 疏割」意思是「棚子」。

18這樣,雅各巴旦·亞蘭平安地回到迦南示劍城,在城外搭營居住。 19他搭營居住的這塊地是他用一百塊銀子向示劍的父親哈抹的子孫買的。 20雅各在那裡築了一座壇,稱之為伊利·伊羅伊·以色列33·20 伊利·伊羅伊·以色列」意思是「以色列的上帝」。